HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Jonathan Frakes, Sir Patrick Stewart, Gates McFadden and LeVar Burton arrive for the Los Angeles Premiere Of The Third And Final Season Of Paramount+'s Original Series "Star Trek: Picard" held at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 09, 2023 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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Star Trek: Picard Season 3 Presents An Unpopular Opinion About A Beloved Ship
While waiting in Guinan’s bar in Season 3, Episode 1 of “Star Trek: Picard,” Captain Riker (Jonathan Frakes) notices the bar is doing something previously unthinkable: selling merch. When Riker asks why there are so many models of the Enterprise-D compared to the other ships, the bartender replies, “no one wants the fat ones.”
Riker, of course, is immediately miffed, wounded that his old workplace would be so dissed. Rejecting Enterprise-D as “the fat one” is a controversial take, and Trekkies who grew up watching “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s will want to tell that bartender to bite her tongue.
On closer inspection, these models were made by Eaglemoss, a British manufacturer that used to specialize in a variety of sci-fi and “Star Trek” trinkets, so in Guinan’s defense, it was perhaps being savvy by selling these collector items. Eaglemoss went bankrupt in 2022, so these collectibles are expensive and can only be found on the second-hand market.